The Marlins promoted right-hander Anthony DeSclafani on Sunday, less than 12 hours after Miami manager Mike Redmond hinted at bringing up an extra arm to help a “thin bullpen.”
The 24-year-old had started five games for Miami before a June demotion, posting a 1-2 record with a 7.40 ERA.
He had given up four runs in 17 innings in three appearances for Triple A New Orleans since then.
Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill had previously said the organization preferred to let DeSclafani get “more seasoning” in the minors should he need it.
But with Brad Hand on the mound Sunday and Jacob Turner slated to start Tuesday, Redmond said he wanted a pitcher capable of making a long-relief outing in case one or both of those starters could not go deep. He added that Sam Dyson would likely not be available for a couple games after throwing 70 pitches in Saturday’s 5-3 loss.
Infielder Ed Lucas was optioned to New Orleans to make room for DeSclafani, leaving Redmond a position player short on the bench. Lucas was batting .239.
“It’s not perfect; it’s not ideal,” Redmond said. “We’re going to play short a position player, which is not a perfect scenario either, but we need a pitcher.”
Redmond called on seven relievers in the Marlins’ first two games after the All-Star break. Dan Jennings and Chris Hatcher pitched in both games. The bullpen has been called frequently because Nathan Eovaldi only lasted four innings Friday and Henderson Alvarez was injured midway through the third inning Saturday.
Before Sunday’s game, Redmond said he expected Alvarez to make his next start but will know more in the coming days.
So far, the bullpen has largely been up to the task, surrendering four runs in over 11 innings of work. A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris and Hatcher all logged perfect innings against the Giants heading into Sunday’s series finale.
VALDESPIN IN LINEUP
For the second consecutive game since being promoted Saturday morning, Jordany Valdespin started at second base and hit second Sunday.
The 26-year-old started 25 games for the Mets last season before being signed by Miami this offseason.
He singled in his first Marlins at-bat.
“I’m happy for me and my family,” Valdespin said of his promotion.
“I want to do my job every day in the lineup or as a pinch-hitter and help this team.”
TURNER pumped up
Turner said he was excited about returning to the rotation after making nine starts earlier in the season, during which he posted a 6.38 ERA.
“I obviously had some struggles in the beginning of the year in the rotation, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” he said Sunday, speaking to reporters for the first time since Redmond announced Turner would start Tuesday. “Though my numbers don’t always reflect it, there have been times when I’ve thrown the ball really well.”
Turner appeared eight times as a reliever, posting a 5.74 ERA. He said he has been working on attacking the strike zone and limiting walks since his last start on June 11.
“Going after hitters is the biggest thing,” he said.
COMING UPMonday: Tom Koehler Julio Teheran Tuesday: Mike Minor